WHL: Kelowna shuts out Vancouver to tie series

The Canadian Press
4/24/2009 1:10:59 AM
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KELOWNA, B.C. -- Ian Duval, Lucas Bloodoff and Jamie Benn scored for Kelowna as the Rockets beat Vancouver 3-0 on Thursday to tie the best-of-seven Western Hockey League Western Conference final with the Giants 2-2.

Game 5 goes Saturday in Vancouver.

The Rockets completely dominated the game, outshooting the Giants 35-14.

Tyson Sexsmith made 32 saves for Vancouver, while Mark Guggenberger had an easy shutout at the other end for Kelowna.

Vancouver, which lost the opening game of this series before bouncing back to win the next two, suffered their second shutout loss of this post-season. They lost 1-0 to Spokane on April 8.

After a scoreless first period, Duval opened the scoring at 7:15 of the second off a Vancouver turnover, beating Sexsmith between the pads on a breakaway.

Bloodoff made it 2-0 one minute later, taking a feed from Benn and snapping home a low shot.

Benn put Kelowna up 3-0 at 9:25 of the third following a good individual effort. From left corner, Colin Long centred the puck to Benn in the slot, who slipped a low, glove-side backhander past Sexsmith.

Game 6 goes Monday in Kelowna, and Game 7, if necessary, is set for Vancouver on Tuesday.

Kelowna Rockets (Photo: TSN)


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